Haggerty Scholars Program – Application Open

The Haggerty Scholars Program offers high school students an opportunity to explore their interest in the law and civil rights by spending time with a local attorney mentor, visiting a law office (such as a law firm or government prosecutor or defender’s office) for a week-long visit during the summer, and invitations to other special events in the law and civil rights throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Eligibility requirements
The Haggerty Scholars Program is for current high school juniors (graduating in 2016) with an interest in law and civil rights. Students must be willing to spend time working with an attorney mentor, visiting a legal workplace for a week-long visit during the summer, and attending the annual Federal Bar Association dinner on May 28, 2015 with a parent or teacher.

To apply

Download an application below and submit your completed application no later than April 17, 2015 by email to: ShannonArmstrong@mhgm.com,
or by mail to Shannon Armstrong at:
Markowitz Herbold PC
3000 Pacwest Center
1211 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR, 97204

2015 Haggerty Scholars Application

“The Great Dissenters”: A Conversation with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice John Marshall Harlan

Please join us for our March monthly luncheon!  This month, we welcome Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice John Marshall Harlan, who will present a program entitled “The Great Dissenters.”  The program will be presented in costume by Bill Barton and Justice Paul DeMuniz.


Thursday, March 19, at 12:00 p.m.


 Mark O. Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse


$10 for Members/Government Attorneys/Public Attorneys;  $12 for Nonmembers

Justice John Marshall Harlan’s lone dissent in the Civil Rights Cases of 1883, in which he maintained that discrimination in public accommodations was a “badge of slavery,” and Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), in which he argued that Louisiana’s law requiring whites and blacks to ride in “separate but equal” railroad cars violated the Fourteenth Amendment, secured his place as one of the Supreme Court’s greatest jurists.

In 1881, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes published The Common Law, in which he argued that the only source of law is a judicial decision, that judges decide cases on the facts, and that the true basis for judicial decision is drawn from outside the law. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Holmes advocated broad freedom of speech under the First Amendment, and his most famous dissent was Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616(1919), which ultimately became the bedrock of free speech protections in America.

Register here!

FBA February Luncheon: Annual State of the Court Address by Chief Judge Aiken

Please join us for our February monthly luncheon!  This month, we will host Chief Judge Aiken for her annual State of the Court Address.

When: Thursday, February 19, at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Mark O. Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room

Cost: $10 for Members/Government Attorneys/Public Attorneys; $12 for Nonmembers

Click here to register!

Questions?  Please contact Nadia Dahab at dahab.nadia@gmail.com

Join the YLD: Monthly Brown Bag Lunch featuring Judge Michael Simon

Please join the FBA’s Young Lawyers Division for a brown bag lunch with the Honorable Michael Simon.  We will hear about Judge Simon’s career and his work on the bench.

Where: Mark O. Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse, 8th Floor Attorney Lounge

When: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

Questions?  Please contact Anna Makowski at annamakowski@markowtizherbold.com.

No RSVP necessary!  Just come on by!

Michael H. Simon is a United States District Judge in the District of Oregon. He received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1981 and his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1978. After law school, Judge Simon was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C. until 1986, when he and his wife moved to Oregon. In 1986, Judge Simon joined the Perkins Coie law firm in Portland where he had a trial and appellate practice in federal and state courts, handling a wide variety of business cases and several First Amendment and other constitutional law matters until his confirmation as a federal judge in 2011.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Master in the Owen M. Panner chapter of the American Inns of Court, and a past adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School where he taught Antitrust Law.

FBA Oregon Celebrates Black History Month: Freedom Summer and Convicting the Klan CLE

When: Tuesday February 24, 2015, Courtroom 11A (Judge Stewart’s Courtroom) from Noon to 1:30

Cost: $10

CLE Credit: 1 hour of OSB Access to Justice CLE credit pending

In June, 1964 hundreds of mostly white college students went to Mississippi in an effort to register African Americans to vote, to set up Freedom Schools, and to shine the light of reality  on the intimidation and terror that white Mississippi had imposed on African Americans.  This was a reality that the Press and the rest of America had mostly been indifferent to for years.  The disappearance of three of three Civil Rights workers on the first week of Freedom Summer and the summer long search for their bodies brought light to the harsh reality that was Mississippi.

Bring your lunch and join us to hear Assistant US Attorney Ron Silver (Senior Counsel for Community Engagement) when he tells the story of Freedom Summer, the bravery of Mississippi’s African American community that embraced the college students, the murders of James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman and DOJ’s trial of their killers.  The talk is for everyone.  OSB CLE Access to Justice credit is pending for attorneys. It will last about 75 minutes.

To register, please click here.

Please contact Gosia Fonberg (gosia@baaslaw.com) with questions.